Sleep after Fajr
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
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sir. i want to ask u a question...i heard from someone that when u offer your FAJAR prayer u can`t sleep till half an hour?? is it right?? means that it is not good to sleep suddenly after u do your FAJAR prayer.......please give me clear answer i will wait .hope u will giv eme soon
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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 51 Surah Dhaariyat verses 15-19:
15 As to the Righteous they will be in the midst of Gardens and Springs,
16 Taking joy in the things which their Lord gives them because before then they lived a good life.
17 They were in the habit of sleeping but little by night
18 And in the hours of early dawn They (were found) praying for Forgiveness;
19 And in their wealth and possessions (was remembered) the right of the (needy) him who asked and him who (for some reason) was prevented (from asking).
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 78:Establish regular prayers at the sun's decline till the darkness of the night and the morning prayer and reading: for the prayer and reading in the morning carry their testimony.
There is much blessing in staying awake in the early morning after fajr and praying for Allahs Forgiveness, and reciting the Quran, if one wishes to do so. But there is absolutely no restriction in the Shariah if one wishes to sleep immediately after his fajr prayers.
One must try to realize or visualize life at the time of the Prophet (saws) and even until when electricity was invented. In the days prior to the invention of electricity, most people would work from sunrise to sunset, taking advantage of the sunlight to do their works. It is only the invention of electricity and the light-bulb which has allowed us today to stay up late in the evenings. Prior to these inventions, there was no reason to stay awake after isha time or sleep after the sun had risen. Thus it would be extremely difficult to find a hadith that states the Messenger of Allah (saws) slept after fajr prayers, nor did he ever need to declare that it is not permitted to sleep after fajr.
One may, if one so wishes, worship Allah Subhanah and seek His Forgiveness and/or recite the Glorious Quran in the early morning, or one may, if he so wishes, go back to sleep after fajr, and there would be absolutely no sin upon him.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,